The Malaysian budget airline AirAsia will soon be flying to Europe after the announcement of its successful bid for landing rights in Paris.
The landing rights achievement at the southern Parisian Orly Airport represents the second European destination for the successful carrier following on from the success of the London route launched earlier this year.
AirAsia is the largest budget carrier in Southeast Asia and was recently voted the world’s best low coast airline. Building on the recognition and success it has achieved in the region the group is now looking further afield with deputy CEO Kamarudin Meranun claiming that the addition of the new Paris route was certainly part of their global expansion.
Najib Razak, the Malaysian Prime Minister, made the winning announcement to a group of Malaysian media at the conclusion of his four day French visit last week. Razak stated that he learned of the decision from his counterpart, French Prime Minister Nicholas Sarkozy.
At this stage it is not known how many flights will be scheduled or even when the new service will begin. The group is now in discussion with French aviation authorities to finalise the details.
AirAsia has managed to buck the economic downturn with higher passenger numbers and falling fuel costs contributing to a huge upswing for the group. Second quarter economic data shows AirAsia surging to a net profit of 140 million Malaysian ringgit, around £25 million, from just 9 million MYR for the same period in 2008.